Plethora of Pats in line for Pro Bowl picks

Plethora of Pats in line for Pro Bowl picks
December 27, 2011, 3:46 pm
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Could Gronknandez be in Honolulu on January 29? The Patriots' absurdly productive tight end tandem of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez finished 1-2 in Pro Bowl fan voting last week (Gronk with 936,886 votes, Hernandez with 265,682) and we'll find out Tuesday night if they are selected as the first and second-team tight ends for the 2012 Pro Bowl. Fan voting is one-third of the process; the coaches and player votes count for the other two-thirds. Other Patriots who led their respective positions in the fan voting were quarterback Tom Brady (1,454,311), wide receiver Wes Welker (1,133, 787), guard Logan Mankins (272,702) and injured defensive end Andre Carter (511,693). Matt Light finished second in tackle voting (306,609) as did corner Kyle Arrington (477,390).Finishing third at their positions were DT Vince Wilfork, kicker Stephen Gostkowski and special teamer Matt Slater. Despite Arrington's seven interceptions this season, he probably hasn't had a Pro Bowl-worthy season given the travails of the Patriots' defense. Carter, who's on IR, certainly earned his consideration with 10 sacks. Wilfork absolutely deserves to be in Hawaii. Brady, Welker and Gronkowski all deserve MVP mention this year (Aaron Rodgers deserves the award). Sebastian Janikowski has been the AFC's best kicker ahead of Gostkowski. Mankins hasn't been as effective this season as in years past but he's still the pre-eminent left guard in the league. Light also deserves consideration. All Patriots would like to avoid going to Honolulu. That would mean they are slated to be in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl the following week.